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JOBURG NORTHERN SUBURBS<br />

KAMOGELO<br />

SEBOPA<br />

One of three young<br />

aspiring curators<br />

WIN!<br />

A floral fruity<br />

fragrance<br />

Reads that spark<br />

an adrenalin rush<br />

Easy go-to<br />

green recipes<br />

and great wines<br />

HAPPY &<br />

HEALTY<br />

Gardening to relieve stress, clean<br />

bright beauty and a wellness retreat to<br />

wake up the mind, body and soul<br />

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CONTENTS<br />

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THIS MONTH<br />

04 Get ready for a rocking time!<br />

06 Book Club ... thrills and chills on the pages<br />

08 Wish List ... cover me in sunshine<br />

10 Social ... keeping the conversation going with Jo Watson<br />

PEOPLE<br />

12 We shine the spotlight on three young curators<br />

14 Adventurer Gaven Sinclair is always up for a challenge<br />

BEAUTY & HEALTH<br />

16 Embrace fresh, clean beauty<br />

18 Nurturing your gut<br />

<strong>24</strong> Elevate your lifestyle with fitness<br />

FOOD<br />

20 30 minute weeknight meals<br />

23 Get creative with avocado<br />

GARDENING<br />

28 Plant your stress away<br />

TRAVEL<br />

31 Plan your next wellness retreat<br />

32 An indulgent weekend in the KZN Midlands<br />

WIN<br />

34 A bottle of Oscar de la Renta Bella Tropicale<br />

COVER PHOTO<br />

Photographer: Nicole Moore.<br />

Details: nicolemoorephotography.co.za<br />

Make-up: Makeup by Ryno,<br />

Details: 071-688-0<strong>24</strong>2<br />

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If you have a date for the Get It diary page, email the info at least a month in advance to megan@caxton.co.za<br />

A hot date!<br />

Rocking nights, laughter and a taste of culture<br />

05<br />

Big sound and even bigger hits, large screens, crazy lighting and outlandish<br />

costumes… it’s a real rock sensory experience for all fans of Freddie Mercury<br />

and lovers of Queen! The tribute show Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic returns to<br />

Joburg Theatre - but this time performing for the first time ever with a Rock<br />

Symphony Orchestra at Mandela Theatre from <strong>April</strong> 5 to <strong>April</strong> 14. Fridays and<br />

Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Tickets cost from R180 to R390 through<br />

www.joburgtheatre.com or www.webtickets.co.za<br />

13<br />

We love drama! And suspense<br />

Spring Awakening is the<br />

07 12 14<br />

and comedy, rousing music and<br />

riveting rock musical presented<br />

intriguing characters. Amadeus stars<br />

Alan Committie as Salieri, who gives<br />

himself to God so that he might realize<br />

his sole ambition … to be a great<br />

melodist. Mozart, however, is a foulmouthed,<br />

obnoxious oaf who has that<br />

which is beyond Salieri’s envious grasp<br />

… genius. This is Salieri’s passionate<br />

telling of his act of vengeance in<br />

response to Mozart. Pieter Toerien’s<br />

Montecasino Theatre from March 8<br />

to <strong>April</strong> 7. PG12. Ticket range from<br />

R180 to R300 and bookings are via<br />

www.webtickets.co.za, and selected<br />

Pick ‘n Pay Outlets.<br />

by Luitingh Alexander Musical Theatre<br />

Academy. Loosely set in 1895, it looks<br />

into the lives of a group of adolescent<br />

students discovering their sexual<br />

identities and desires as they rebel<br />

against restrictive societal norms.<br />

The emotional story is brought to<br />

life as it explores complex themes<br />

such as self-discovery, repression, and<br />

the power of rebellion. No persons<br />

under 13. Pieter Toerien’s Theatre<br />

at Montecasino from <strong>April</strong> 12 until<br />

May 5. Book your tickets through<br />

www.webtickets.co.za or<br />

through 011-511-1988.<br />

Themed You Think You Know<br />

South Africa, the 11th edition<br />

of The Savanna Comics’ Choice<br />

Comedy Awards event, disguised as<br />

a comedy show with Mpho ‘Popps’<br />

Modikoane as your host, celebrates<br />

SA’s best comedians against the<br />

backdrop of our beautiful yet<br />

turbulent country. Expect a glamorous<br />

night filled with trophies, sketches,<br />

punchlines and a star-studded line-up.<br />

Dress Black Tie with SA flavour. 6pm<br />

until 10pm at the Lyric Theatre, Gold<br />

Reef City on Saturday, <strong>April</strong> 13. Tickets<br />

cost R195 from computicket.com<br />

13<br />

Sit down with Botha Kruger<br />

to a Japanese Tea Tasting.<br />

From a brief overview of Japanese<br />

green tea, covering its origins and<br />

unique characteristics, to exploring<br />

two traditional tea ceremonies, Chado<br />

(using matcha) and Senchado (using<br />

sencha). Participants will receive a<br />

WAZA sample tea pack with tips on<br />

how to prepare Japanese tea at home.<br />

11am until 1pm at The House of<br />

Suntory Installation, Hyde Park Corner<br />

Center Court on Saturday, <strong>April</strong> 13.<br />

R1200 through www.quicket.co.za<br />

Go and view A Sculptural<br />

Symphony, a group<br />

exhibition of South African artists<br />

Amogelang Maepa, Chrisél Attewell,<br />

Lee-At Meyerov, Mellaney Roberts<br />

and Paballo Majela. This curated<br />

collection by Els van Mourik outlines<br />

the exploration of sculpture, through<br />

diverse conceptual and technical<br />

approaches. These artists collectively<br />

challenge and redefine the aesthetic<br />

and conceptual parameters of<br />

contemporary sculptural art. Until<br />

<strong>April</strong> 14 at Berman Contemporary,<br />

223 Jan Smuts Creative Hub.<br />

Viewing on Monday to Friday 9am to<br />

5:30pm,Saturdays 9am to 4:30pm.<br />

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With 5 stars in the Platter’s 20<strong>24</strong> SA<br />

Wine Guide, this Le Riche Cabernet<br />

Sauvignon 2021 is the one to bring out<br />

for special celebrations. Fruit forward<br />

- delicious fresh black fruits, and firm<br />

tannins assist in creating a voluptuous,<br />

creamy mouthfeel which is balanced<br />

by a long, appetising finish. Enjoy<br />

with beef fillet with a cream and<br />

peppercorn sauce, or springbok<br />

ravioli with butternut. R330<br />

Baked in the oven,<br />

pan-fried, grilled or smoked.<br />

No matter how it is<br />

prepared, salmon is always<br />

delicious. And to take it<br />

to the next level ... serve<br />

with a glass of Muratie<br />

Isabella Chardonnay. This<br />

full-bodied, subtly oaked<br />

Chardonnay - with an<br />

enticing peach-blossom<br />

fragrance, ripe stone fruit,<br />

melon and citrus flavours<br />

with hints of hazelnuts<br />

and vanilla cream perfectly<br />

complements the richness<br />

of salmon. R280<br />

If your hot date’s at home this<br />

month, here are the wines to<br />

turn it from ho hum to wowza!<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

The exquisite next vintage of Cavalli Chardonnay 2023 has been<br />

released ... a burst of bright tropical flavours and delicate white stone<br />

fruit - zesty lime, tangy orange, and juicy nectarine with a tropical hint of<br />

pineapple and mango, along with a touch of delicate spice and vanilla<br />

and buttery brioche. R210<br />

The vegan-friendly Journey’s End V1<br />

Chardonnay 2022 is elegant, refined, with<br />

a gorgeous aromatic freshness (think citrus<br />

with vibrant lemon and lime notes and hints<br />

of floral orange blossom), and a silky smooth<br />

palate - with subtle coconut and peach<br />

notes. R195. From the same estate, the V3<br />

Shiraz 2020 is an easy-drinking wine with an<br />

expressive aromatic delivery of blackcurrants<br />

and violets with notes of white pepper and<br />

dried coriander. Generous oak aging in<br />

larger format barrels allowed the vineyard<br />

character to shine, with great natural acidity<br />

and a silky long-lasting finish. R218<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 05


Book club<br />

It’s all raging storms and missing guests and thrills and chills.<br />

With a chic-lit thrown in for those who don’t need the adrenalin rush.<br />

Alex Michaelides, author of The Private<br />

Patient, is all over social media talking<br />

about his latest novel, The Fury. A<br />

former movie star invites half a dozen<br />

guests to stay on a private Greek<br />

Island. Should be idyllic ... except one<br />

of the group is a killer. Told by Elliot<br />

Chase (is he good, is he bad?) it’s all<br />

love, obsession, murder ... and loads<br />

of twists. Penguin<br />

In Lisa Gardner’s Still See You Everywhere, missing persons<br />

specialist Frankie Elkin is on an isolated island off the coast<br />

of Hawaii. Her mission ... to find Lani, the missing sister of a<br />

Death Row serial killer known as The Beautiful Butcher.<br />

Lani is being held captive by her millionaire ex-boyfriend<br />

on the island and the only way to gain access is for Frankie<br />

to go undercover. But can Frankie really trust the word of<br />

a serial killer? It’s Lisa Gardner. You know it’s going to be a<br />

spectacular read. Penguin<br />

With a scare on each page, you’re going to need<br />

a stiff drink. And we’re loving The Pogues<br />

- the official whiskey of the legendary Celtic<br />

punk band, one which celebrates the poetic<br />

rebelliousness of the Irish. This blended Irish<br />

whiskey boasts distinctive notes of caramel,<br />

malt, dried dark fruit, spices, honey and a touch<br />

of vanilla. You can drink on the rocks, or with<br />

your fave mixer. There are no rules! Around R329<br />

from your local bottle store.<br />

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A week-long grief retreat on a<br />

beautiful country estate. A raging<br />

storm (there’s always a storm, isn’t<br />

there!). A missing guest. Many<br />

secrets. And a murderer. The Grief<br />

House by Rebecca Thorne may<br />

well be the most chilling book you<br />

read this year. Bloomsbury<br />

A group of friends reunite for<br />

a remote glamping holiday ...<br />

a relaxing long weekend. But<br />

before the weekend’s over, the<br />

20-year-long friendships start to<br />

crumble, there’s a storm (obvs),<br />

and one of the party is missing.<br />

No phone signal, no help, and<br />

a dead body. Twists, turns and<br />

chilling tension ... Hannah Richell’s<br />

The Search Party will keep you<br />

guessing. Simon and Schuster UK<br />

In this Michael Bennett thriller, a serial<br />

killer sniper is taking out impossible<br />

targets - all apparently unrelated - in<br />

New York. The profile ... great with a<br />

gun, probably ex-military. Which<br />

perfectly describes Bennett’s new<br />

partner - who’s quiet and secretive<br />

and often suspiciously absent from<br />

duty. Cross Hairs by James Patterson<br />

and James O’Born ... a really terrific<br />

read. Penguin<br />

A collage girl looking for a new start,<br />

away from her small town, her family,<br />

and the memories of her dead best<br />

friend, moves into a shared house<br />

with a trio of new friends. All’s well -<br />

even if one is a little strange ... until<br />

one of them disappears, and a boy<br />

in the frat house next door is found<br />

dead. Only If You’re Lucky by Stacy<br />

Willingham ... great plot and sinister<br />

read. HarperCollins UK<br />

And the chic lit option ... What if you<br />

could skip the boring parts. The dating.<br />

The lazy flatmates. The climbing up<br />

the work ladder. Skipping straight<br />

to married, two perfect children,<br />

a high-powered job. When this<br />

happens to 26-year-old (now suddenly<br />

40-something) Lucy, she discovers<br />

that along with the good parts, there<br />

are surprises too. Sophie Cousens’<br />

The Good Part. Hodder and Stoughton<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

All books available at Exclusive Books and exclusivebooks.co.za<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 07


Wish list<br />

Cover me with sunshine<br />

An armful of joy. We’re besotted with the exquisite<br />

bracelets and necklaces from Lemons and Grace<br />

Studio ... they’re mostly one-off originals, are<br />

handmade and so affordable. These chartreuse<br />

porcelain beads with filigree silver (R400) and yellow<br />

Evil Eye and Czech crystal (R280) versions certainly<br />

meet the cover-me-with-sunshine brief. All deets and<br />

orders via Instagram on @lemonsandgracestudio<br />

The new fragrance in the iconic Signorina<br />

Fragrance Collection is Signorina Libera ...<br />

a floral musky gourmand blend with alluring<br />

and unexpected notes ... all sparkling Velvet<br />

Pear and Calabrian Bergamot mixed with the<br />

aromatic freshness of Elemi, Rose Absolute and<br />

Plum Nectar, Italian Orris Butter and Pink Sugar,<br />

Cashmere Woods and Ambroxan. From R1299 from<br />

Edgars, Woolworths & Truworths.<br />

Create a happy<br />

corner ... sunshine<br />

mini vase, R185 from<br />

thehomequarter.co.za.<br />

And grow pansies!<br />

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Frayed edge bucket<br />

hat with adjustable<br />

drawstring, R479<br />

from zara.com<br />

W Bath&Body Awake<br />

energising citrus blossom<br />

glycerine soap, R49.95, and<br />

everyday delights citrus body<br />

wash, R119 from Woolworths.<br />

Make a positive change ... and eat your bowl! These eco-friendly,<br />

wholesome, edible crisp Munch Bowls are perfect for picnics and<br />

functions ... they’re made of stone ground, unbleached wheat flour<br />

and digestive bran infused with rooibos tea for its antioxidant and<br />

preservative qualities. There are no nasties, they hold any food - even<br />

hot soup for up to three hours, are microwave and freezer friendly<br />

and come in a bowl and a saucer. And the best part ... once you’ve<br />

finished your food, you simply eat the bowl. They come in packs<br />

of between eight and twenty, and cost from around R4.35 a bowl.<br />

Details: marketing@munchinnovation.com or WhatsApp orders to 061-934-9313.<br />

Blondes have more fun!<br />

It’s time to bring playfulness back into<br />

the mix when it comes to drinking<br />

whisky. No more stuffy standards ...<br />

just the chance to let loose and make<br />

mixing whisky fun again. Bright and<br />

vibrant, Johnnie Walker Blonde is made<br />

from a blend of wheat whiskies and<br />

single malts predominantly matured<br />

in first-fill American oak casks, and<br />

has subtle fruit flavours with a gentle<br />

vanilla finish ... perfect for casual<br />

sipping on a sunny afternoon. Try it in a<br />

chilled, ice-filled glass with lemonade<br />

or tonic water and an orange slice<br />

garnish, or with cola and a lemon slice.<br />

@JohnnieWalker on Facebook and<br />

Instagram. #KeepWalkingSA<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 09


Book<br />

f lights<br />

Novelist Gail Schimmel joined in<br />

conversation with Author Jo Watson at<br />

Jo’s Love at First Flight book launch<br />

at Exclusive Books Rosebank Mall.<br />

Guests buckled down in their seats<br />

and the conversation took to new<br />

heights covering so many different<br />

topics ... BookTok, politics, autism and<br />

how Jo likes a nice guy when writing<br />

characters for her rom-com novels.<br />

Jo teased about her new book that is<br />

about a fake dating pact between an<br />

air-traffic controller and a pilot. Will love<br />

be in the air? We grabbed a signed<br />

copy before departing home to find<br />

out. Follow @jowatsonwrites on Insta.<br />

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CURATORS IN THE<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

We shine the light on three young talented Joburg artists<br />

Living. Dead. From the African continent or one of the Old<br />

Masters. Chances are you can name more than a handful<br />

of artists, right? But can you say the same for curators? The<br />

answer is more than likely ‘no’ – and that’s not surprising.<br />

After all, curating is behind-the-scenes work.<br />

And that’s why it doesn’t get the credit it deserves –<br />

although curators are some of the most important<br />

figures in the art world, not only keeping an eye to global<br />

developments that shape the art world, but in turn reflecting<br />

those trends through conversations with artists and their<br />

audiences. Think about the impact that has on the way those<br />

audiences see the world, and it’s clear that their role isn’t just<br />

about putting together a coherent exhibition.<br />

That’s why Latitudes joined forces with RMB to launch the<br />

RMB Latitudes CuratorLab, a programme which aims to offer<br />

curators from across the Africa the opportunity to hone<br />

their conceptual curatorial skills. In so doing, they’ll deepen<br />

curatorial practice throughout the continent, while providing<br />

an opportunity to flex that freshly developed curatorial<br />

muscle when they plan their own exhibitions, to be viewed<br />

at Latitudes Online (latitudes.online).<br />

Ten curators were selected in this year’s iteration of the<br />

programme, representing Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria,<br />

Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa – and we’re<br />

proud to say that the three South African curators all hail<br />

from Johannesburg.<br />

Text: LISA WITEPSKI • Photographer: NICOLE MOORE. Details: nicolemoorephotography.co.za<br />

• Make-up for Kamogelo Sebopa: MAKEUP BY RYNO, 071-688-0<strong>24</strong>2.<br />

Art as interrogation<br />

For Kamogelo Sebopa, a Fine Art Honours candidate at<br />

Wits, art is a way to interrogate the world.<br />

Perhaps that’s why she’s been experimenting with art since<br />

she was at school – her love of the visual is a way of trying<br />

on different lenses that allow her to see what’s around her<br />

in new ways. After a job shadowing stint at the Everard<br />

Read Gallery opened her eyes to the possibilities art offered<br />

– from making her own marks to becoming a gallery owner<br />

– Kamogelo fell even more in love with art.<br />

Kamogelo’s interest is currently focused on the<br />

performative aspect of print-making, and the therapeutic<br />

qualities of rhythm, repetition and pattern. So, how does<br />

curation fit into this? “I think it informs my artistic practice<br />

in terms of research. I enjoy looking at artists who explore<br />

certain themes,” she says.<br />

Having only recently embarked on her curatorial journey,<br />

she’s already racked up some impressive credits, taking<br />

part in exhibitions for the Wits Art Gallery and FNB Art<br />

Joburg. And what’s she seen of the industry thrills her. “It’s<br />

an exciting time for upcoming artists. I’ve noticed that<br />

it’s becoming easier for them to navigate the art world<br />

and gain exposure, especially compared to the early<br />

2000s, when it was very exclusive. It’s wonderful to see<br />

my age mates gaining that global recognition and having<br />

more freedom. I think we have the Internet to thank for<br />

dismantling the old ways of doing things.”<br />

12 Get It Magazine <strong>April</strong> <strong>24</strong>


Art as a statement<br />

Multimedia artist and designer Raelee Seymour-Brown<br />

says that studying art history and visual culture as part<br />

of her journalism degree at Rhodes University made “the<br />

world expand right before my eyes…I decided I never<br />

wanted to stop learning about this”. Curation builds on<br />

the delight this world presented, because it is the perfect<br />

blend of all her favorite things: “writing, art, history,<br />

research, thinking and creating all in one!”<br />

Her style, she says, is hugely maximalist- an aesthetic that<br />

permeates into every area of her life, from her home to<br />

the way she dresses, her multimedia design work and<br />

the way she thinks. “Of course, that heavily informs my<br />

curation practice,” she says. Her interest in pop culture<br />

is another significant influence, because pop culture is<br />

the lens through which she views the world. “I like to use<br />

dark humour and playfulness to critique or celebrate<br />

the contradictions that arise out of the often obsessive,<br />

hyper-consumerist ideals that pop culture reflects<br />

back to us. That’s what I love about it: it’s always been<br />

considered low art, but I believe it acts as one of the<br />

clearest mirrors of the contemporary values of modern<br />

society and culture – what we find important, and most<br />

critically, why we seem to find these things important.”<br />

Art as legacy<br />

Art has been a part of Tlotlo Lebelo’s life as far back as<br />

he can remember, from childhood afternoons spent at<br />

his community arts centre to his studies in visual arts<br />

at school. He shifted his interest to glass blowing while<br />

working towards his degree in fine and applied arts, and<br />

then again when he moved into his current role as a<br />

manager of art collections - a position which sees him<br />

taking care of historical and contemporary artefacts.<br />

As a ‘cultural worker, Tlotlo’s interest now falls on<br />

preserving those artefacts. “We need to be aware that the<br />

past has a way of returning, and we can’t move forward<br />

without acknowledging that past,” he says.<br />

He embraces the evolution the art world is currently<br />

undergoing, especially since Pan African art is garnering<br />

more attention – attention which is long overdue.<br />

“Africa is rich in subject matter, and it’s great to see<br />

many auction houses accepting consignments from<br />

our continent as more overseas collectors show interest<br />

in our stories. As curators, we have a role to play in<br />

articulating that narrative – it’s a language that’s growing.”<br />

Tlotlo is especially excited to be able to nurture his skills<br />

and develop his network through his relationship with<br />

Latitudes. He plans to help move the spotlight onto living<br />

artists, so that they, too can be studied and their stories<br />

documented for posterity.<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 13


RISK & REWARD<br />

We get up to speed with Gaven Sinclair’s action-packed life and adventurous spirit, all<br />

driven by raising awareness for causes, from missing children to chronic disease.<br />

Gaven Sinclair is cycling down a dirt<br />

road between villages, somewhere<br />

in Africa. With pedestrians, cyclists<br />

and people on Pikipiki’s (small<br />

motorbikes) passing by in throngs,<br />

the little sand road bustles like a<br />

highway, even though it’s lit by<br />

cooking fires rather than street<br />

lights. There’s a full moon out,<br />

making it a beautiful night – when,<br />

suddenly, Gaven’s bicycle light<br />

snuffs out. From the rising darkness,<br />

he can just make out the white of a<br />

fellow road user’s eyes as he veers,<br />

panicked, to avoid a collision.<br />

It's not the first time Gaven has<br />

come close to death. Far from it.<br />

The adventure athlete has wended<br />

his way from Cape to Cairo on bike,<br />

swum solo from Ilha (an island off the<br />

Mozambique coast) to the mainland,<br />

run 388km up the Mozambique<br />

coast in six days, and run from<br />

Qherberha to Cape Town in 30 days<br />

– and at different times, he has faced<br />

danger in the form of flooding rivers,<br />

torrential rain, malaria, and even<br />

murderous bandits. He’s run out of<br />

food and money, and found himself<br />

all but crippled by blisters. He’s slept<br />

in backpackers, campsites, police<br />

stations and on the side of the road.<br />

So, what drives him to take on<br />

challenges that would leave most<br />

people clinging to their couch? It’s<br />

simple, really. He uses each extreme<br />

adventure as a platform to raise<br />

awareness for causes, from missing<br />

children to chronic disease.<br />

This is especially important for Gaven<br />

who, as a child, was diagnosed with<br />

dyslexia and ADHD. Later in life, a<br />

diagnosis of chronic fatigue was<br />

added to this list. “I was labelled a<br />

problem child because I couldn’t<br />

focus. My hands would sweat every<br />

time I met someone new, and I<br />

battled to communicate. This is<br />

something that many kids today<br />

struggling with the same issues can<br />

identify with. The problem is that<br />

when you’re treated differently, your<br />

self-confidence plummets, and<br />

you begin to take what people say<br />

very personally. These kids need<br />

to learn that they have been given<br />

a beautiful gift, and they must be<br />

shown how to tap into it.”<br />

Gaven’s compassion for kids recently<br />

led him to pen a teen’s adventure<br />

book, The Golden Skull of Peru.<br />

As a child, Gaven found that one of<br />

his own coping mechanisms was<br />

to immerse himself in sport – which<br />

was the first step towards his current<br />

action-packed life. He has a hunch<br />

that his adventurous spirit is the<br />

legacy of his grandfather, who used<br />

to build boats. “As a kid, I expressed<br />

this by hopping on my BMX and<br />

exploring the world around me.”<br />

As he grew up, tried his hand at<br />

corporate life and launched his own<br />

start-ups, that craving to see what<br />

lay beyond the bend didn’t leave<br />

him. And after watching The Long<br />

Way Around, a documentary about<br />

actor Ewan MacGregor’s attempts<br />

to motorbike from London to New<br />

York, Gaven realised that the key to<br />

his own lack of fulfilment may lie<br />

in pushing himself to his limits. “My<br />

body struggles to produce dopamine<br />

(a hormone which helps produce<br />

feelings of satisfaction), so I need to<br />

challenge constantly. That’s when I’m<br />

at my most alive.”<br />

That can’t be easy for someone<br />

who lives with chronic fatigue – but<br />

Gaven approaches this condition<br />

pragmatically, carefully calculating<br />

how many calories he needs each<br />

day, working out rest and exercise<br />

requirements and, most importantly,<br />

crashing when his body tells him it’s<br />

time to do so.<br />

And it’s all worth it. Gaven says the<br />

lessons he has learned, and the<br />

memories he has made, are beyond<br />

anything he could have imagined.<br />

“One of my favourite occasions to<br />

think back on is the time I arrived at<br />

Lake Turkana in Malawi, sunburnt,<br />

out of money and food, and with a<br />

broken bike. The nomadic tribe living<br />

in the area advised me to board a<br />

boat with one of the locals – along<br />

with a herd of goats. The motor<br />

stopped working after a few hours,<br />

so we were all given buckets made<br />

from cut off milk bottles and told to<br />

bail out water. A little later, we had to<br />

get out on an island so that the goats<br />

could eat. I wasn’t at all sure what was<br />

happening by this point – but, then,<br />

my skipper got out a fishing line, and<br />

soon we were all eating fish caught<br />

just minutes ago.”<br />

That generosity is pretty typical<br />

of the spirit that pervades<br />

our continent, Gaven says.<br />

“Wherever I have gone,<br />

I have met the most<br />

amazing people,<br />

who have been all<br />

too eager to help<br />

me – especially<br />

when they find out<br />

I’m doing this for a<br />

cause. They’re a big<br />

part of what keeps<br />

me going when things<br />

get tough.”<br />

Gaven’s next venture sees<br />

him taking other intrepid<br />

adventurers on slack packing<br />

tours through the Transkei, while<br />

he prepares for another challenge:<br />

climbing K2 or rowing across the<br />

Atlantic. “I’ve run, cycled and swum,<br />

so it makes sense that the next<br />

chapter involves climbing or rowing!”<br />

Details: vip.beepdsmart.com/card/<br />

gaven-sinclair-adventures<br />

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Gaven’s tips for<br />

overcoming a challenge<br />

• Remember that overcoming<br />

physical limitations usually<br />

requires immense mental strength.<br />

Develop yours through techniques<br />

like positive self-talk and<br />

visualisation. Listen to your body.<br />

• Blocking out time and distance<br />

and focusing on the task at hand<br />

prevent you from becoming<br />

daunted by what’s ahead of you.<br />

• Keep motivated by celebrating<br />

small victories.<br />

• Trust your intuition.<br />

• The best way to manage fear is<br />

by expanding your comfort zone.<br />

Text: LISA WITEPSKI • Photo: MEGAN BRETT<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 15


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moisturiser and smoothing. R550.<br />

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Repair Cream with visibly less dry<br />

skin in just one application. R930.<br />

Both from novexpert.co.za<br />

Sh’zen Key Lime Lemon Zest Body<br />

Butter for the relief of taut and dry skin.<br />

R279 from www.shzen.co.za<br />

The Body Shop Mango Lip Scrub helps<br />

buff away dead skin cells for softer and<br />

smoother feeling lips. R120 from Clicks.<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 17


NURTURING YOUR GUT<br />

Insider tips to lose the bloat for optimal digestive health<br />

In the pursuit of overall well-being, one aspect that often gets<br />

overlooked is the health of our gut. But it’s fast becoming a<br />

trending topic as people are seeing remarkable changes to their<br />

health when they just tweak a few things in their diet. A balanced<br />

gut microbiome is crucial for digestion, nutrient absorption,<br />

promotes gut-brain health and clarity, plays a role in our immune<br />

system and hormonal functioning and our skin health. Eco-Diva<br />

Natural Superfood Skincare founder Nicole Sherwin explores<br />

some practical insider tips to foster good gut health through<br />

balanced nutrition and plant-powered supplements.<br />

Get It loves ... Good Gut Glow -<br />

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organic, delicious and nourishing, it’s<br />

packed with a powerful blend of plant<br />

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sleep, a healthy libido and a glowing<br />

skin. R357 from ecodiva.co.za<br />

Nicole’s top tips for good gut health<br />

EMBRACE PLANT-BASED FOODS<br />

Load up on fibre-rich foods like whole grains, legumes,<br />

fruits, and vegetables. Fibre serves as fuel for beneficial<br />

gut bacteria, promoting a thriving microbiome.<br />

Include plant-based proteins -<br />

Opt for plant-based protein sources like beans, lentils,<br />

tofu, and quinoa. These not only provide essential<br />

amino acids but also contribute to a healthier gut<br />

environment.<br />

SUPERCHARGE WITH SUPERFOODS<br />

Incorporate nutrient-dense superfoods like kale,<br />

blueberries, and broccoli into your diet. These<br />

power-packed foods contain antioxidants and<br />

phytochemicals that support overall health, including<br />

gut health.<br />

PREBIOTICS FOR GUT NOURISHMENT<br />

Include prebiotic-rich foods such as garlic, onions,<br />

leeks, and bananas. Prebiotics act as food for beneficial<br />

bacteria, fostering a robust microbiome.<br />

Integrate baobab for gut wellness -<br />

Baobab, derived from the African baobab tree, is rich<br />

in fibre, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Including baobab<br />

in your diet can aid digestion and contribute to a<br />

healthy gut.<br />

SUPPLEMENT WISELY<br />

Consider incorporating supplements like probiotics,<br />

prebiotics and multivitamins to support gut health.<br />

Probiotics introduce beneficial bacteria, while<br />

multivitamins fill potential nutrient gaps in your diet.<br />

STAY HYDRATED<br />

Clean, fresh water (NOT TAP WATER) is essential for<br />

maintaining a healthy gut. It helps in the digestion and<br />

absorption of nutrients, ensuring smooth functioning<br />

of your digestive system.<br />

FOODS TO AVOID<br />

Limit processed foods (anything that is prepackaged<br />

or fast foods), sugary snacks, and excessive red meat<br />

consumption, as these can disrupt the balance of your<br />

gut microbiome.<br />

Cultivating a healthy gut is a holistic journey that<br />

involves mindful eating and incorporating gutfriendly<br />

foods and supplements into your lifestyle.<br />

By adopting a plant-based diet rich in fibre, plantbased<br />

proteins, and superfoods, along with strategic<br />

supplementation, you can foster a diverse and thriving<br />

gut microbiome, laying the foundation for overall wellbeing.<br />

Remember, a happy gut is a key to a happy and<br />

healthy life.<br />

For more info on maintaining a healthy gut, visit<br />

ecodiva.co.za, @ecodivanatural<br />

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GUT<br />

HEALTH<br />

Let’s have a cup of tea. Sweetest words ever. Grace Tea has<br />

a selection of eight herbal teas, with ingredients selected to<br />

nurture and nourish your body naturally. Drawing inspiration<br />

from ancient Ayurvedic science, to harness the proven methods<br />

that restore the body’s delicate balance, providing you with a<br />

natural pathway to well-being,<br />

you can choose from<br />

Immunity tea – to support the<br />

body’s immune system; Gut tea<br />

– to support the gut; Heart Tea<br />

– to support the cardio system;<br />

BP Care tea – to support the<br />

management of blood pressure;<br />

Joint tea – to assist in easing joint<br />

pain; Thyroid tea – to support<br />

thyroid function and well-being;<br />

Sugar Balancing tea – to maintain<br />

and support blood sugar levels;<br />

and PCOS (Polycystic Ovary<br />

Syndrome) tea – for women who<br />

need hormonal balance support,<br />

insulin regulation and menstrual<br />

support. A pack of 20 teabags<br />

costs R180 from gracebeverages.<br />

co.za. Instagram and Facebook<br />

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Beat the bloat! Kiko Vitals Debloat + Gut Glow is an all-natural<br />

vitamin, packed with organic fruit enzymes and calming<br />

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retention and puffiness, aids digestion and soothes cramps,<br />

supports gut health, speeds food break down and prevents gas.<br />

Plus, it works really fast! R480 for 60 capsules from kikovitals.com<br />

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works in countless ways, including being an excellent source<br />

of fibre and a gut primer, helping with appetite control and<br />

curbing cravings, improving gut barrier integrity and gut-brain<br />

integrity (so improving mental health), boosting immunity,<br />

reducing inflammation and allergies, balancing bacteria and<br />

providing optimal femme flora. R429 from kikovitals.com<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 19


Simply<br />

delicious<br />

Ella Mills is on a mission to make living a healthy lifestyle easier. In<br />

Healthy Made Simple, she shows you how you can have a nutritious,<br />

delicious plant-based recipe ready in 30 minutes or less.<br />

Healthy Made Simple is filled with<br />

vibrant, flavour-packed, plant-based<br />

recipes using no more than 10<br />

easy-to-find ingredients ... all easy to<br />

make and crammed with goodness.<br />

Think prep-ahead porridge three<br />

ways, and energising smoothies,<br />

on-the-go lunches, salads and<br />

sandwiches, sensational bowls<br />

and soups - the pea, broccoli and<br />

walnut soup with herby croutons<br />

will be made on repeat this year, as<br />

will the garlicky barley and green<br />

bean salad with herby almonds.<br />

Curries, traybakes, muffins and<br />

sweet treats. Yellow Kite, Hodder &<br />

Stoughton, R620 from Exclusive Books<br />

MY GO-TO GREEN PASTA<br />

This is the kind of meal I cook both<br />

for myself and my kids on repeat. The<br />

whole family loves it, it’s especially<br />

quick to make and it’s still loaded<br />

with veg. Using edamame, peas and<br />

cashews really ups the plant protein<br />

too, so you’ve got almost 20g per<br />

serving. I’ve popped it in the lunch<br />

chapter, as it’s a great hot, filling<br />

option when you’re at home, but it<br />

works brilliantly as a midweek supper<br />

too. Serves 2. Time 15 minutes<br />

You’ll need: 2 servings of pasta<br />

(about 75g per person), I use whole<br />

wheat; 100g frozen peas; 100g<br />

frozen edamame; large handful of<br />

baby spinach (about 50g), roughly<br />

chopped; sea salt and black pepper<br />

For the herby green sauce: 50g<br />

cashews; 75ml oat milk; 1 Tbsp olive<br />

oil ½ tsp Dijon or wholegrain mustard;<br />

grated zest and juice of 1 lemon; ½<br />

bunch of coriander (about 10–15g),<br />

finely chopped, plus extra to serve;<br />

½ bunch of dill, basil or parsley<br />

(about 10–15g), finely chopped, plus<br />

extra to serve; small handful (about<br />

25g) of baby spinach; sea salt and<br />

black pepper<br />

To make: Cook the pasta in boiling<br />

water with a pinch of salt, according<br />

to the instructions on the pack.<br />

Add the frozen peas, edamame and<br />

spinach for the last minute or two, so<br />

that the veg is tender and the spinach<br />

has wilted. Drain and leave to cool for<br />

a minute or two, then put everything<br />

back into the pan.<br />

While the pasta cooks, make the<br />

sauce. Simply put all the ingredients<br />

into a high-speed blender with<br />

a generous sprinkling of salt and<br />

pepper and blitz until you have a<br />

smooth sauce. Add an extra splash<br />

of milk or olive oil if needed to get it<br />

to a consistency you like and check<br />

the seasoning.<br />

Pour the sauce over the pan of pasta<br />

and mix until it’s coated. This can be<br />

served warm or cold, depending on<br />

the time of year and your preference.<br />

Season to taste and serve with an<br />

extra drizzle of olive oil and the<br />

extra herbs.<br />

To make it nut free, simply swap the<br />

cashews for sunflower seeds - it’s just<br />

as delicious.<br />

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CREAMY LEEK, SPINACH & BUTTER BEAN BOWLS<br />

I’m always thinking about different ways to get more veggies<br />

into my meals and this recipe is such a great way of upping<br />

your greens, with spinach in both the sauce and the broth. It’s<br />

delicious as a light supper and feels like a mix between a soup,<br />

broth and a stew; equally serve it with brown rice or another<br />

grain, a toasted piece of sourdough, a jacket potato, roasted<br />

veggies or pan-fried greens. Serves 4. 20 minutes<br />

You’ll need: 1 Tbsp olive oil; 2 shallots, thinly sliced; 2 leeks, cut<br />

into 1cm slices; 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped; 1 vegetable<br />

stock cube; 2 × 400g tins of butter beans; 4 large handfuls of<br />

spinach (about 200g) roughly chopped; grated zest and juice of<br />

1 lemon; sea salt and black pepper<br />

For the sauce: 100ml oat milk; ½ tsp brown rice miso paste;<br />

2 Tbsp nutritional yeast; large handful of baby spinach<br />

(about 50g)<br />

To make: Set a heavy-bottomed saucepan over a medium heat<br />

and add the olive oil. Once the oil is warm, add the shallots,<br />

leeks and a pinch of salt. Cook for 8–10 minutes, stirring<br />

occasionally, until they soften. Add the garlic and cook for a<br />

further 2 minutes, until it’s golden and fragrant.<br />

Next, add the stock cube and butter beans, along with the<br />

liquid from each of the tins. Bring to the boil, then cover with a<br />

lid and simmer for 10 minutes, until thickened.<br />

While the beans are cooking, make the sauce. Simply put the<br />

oat milk, miso, nutritional yeast and the baby spinach into a<br />

high-speed blender and blitz until perfectly smooth.<br />

Once the beans are ready, pour in the sauce and add the<br />

spinach, stirring until it’s wilted. Stir in the lemon juice and<br />

season to taste with salt and pepper. Scatter over the lemon<br />

zest before serving.<br />

LEMONY PEA AND BROCCOLI PASTA<br />

I make a variation of this for my kids a lot, using whatever greens I have in<br />

the fridge – green beans, asparagus, spinach etc. It’s exceptionally simple<br />

yet super satisfying. Serves 2. Time 15 minutes<br />

You’ll need: 2 servings of pasta - I like orecchiette in this dish (about 75g<br />

per person); 1 small head broccoli (about 300g) cut into small florets;<br />

100g frozen peas; large handful of cashews (about 50g, see note below); 1<br />

vegetable stock cube; 1 tsp Dijon mustard; 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast; grated<br />

zest and juice of 2 lemons; 1 × 400g tin of butter beans, drained and<br />

rinsed; sea salt and black pepper<br />

To make: Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and add<br />

the pasta. Cook according to the instructions on the pack, adding the<br />

broccoli and frozen peas for the last 3 minutes of the cooking time.<br />

Cook until the pasta is al dente, the broccoli is tender, and the peas are<br />

defrosted, then drain and return to the pan.<br />

Meanwhile, put the cashews and stock cube into a bowl with 100ml<br />

boiling water, let the stock cube dissolve and the cashews soak for<br />

5 minutes.<br />

Put the mustard, nutritional yeast, the juice of both lemons and half the<br />

zest, and half the tin of butter beans into a high-speed blender along<br />

with the cashews and their soaking liquid. Blend until you have a smooth,<br />

creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.<br />

Pour the sauce over the drained pasta and veg, adding the last half of the<br />

butter beans. Stir to combine and top with a little extra lemon zest.<br />

Note: To make this nut-free, swap the cashews for sunflower seeds.<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 21


ADVERTORIAL<br />

VERSATILE AVOCADOS!<br />

Green and dark-skinned avocados are available in South Africa<br />

almost all year round and the good news is that whichever colour avo you<br />

choose, they’re all equally delicious and nutritious.<br />

Remember that green-skinned avos<br />

remain green when ripe, while the<br />

dark-skinned avos turn purple-black<br />

when ready to eat – so please don’t<br />

squeeze! Even though avocados<br />

may vary in colour, shape and size,<br />

they are all a source of nutrients and<br />

can be included as part of a healthy<br />

eating plan.<br />

Avocados are one of the most<br />

versatile fruits around. It’s not hard<br />

to see why – they can be mashed,<br />

diced, sliced and puréed for<br />

everything from guacamole; salads;<br />

pizza toppings; sandwich and wrap<br />

fillings; soups; snacks and dips; and<br />

even ice-cream.<br />

They’re great for breakfast, lunch,<br />

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between snacks for when you’re on<br />

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So, no matter what you’re planning<br />

for your next meal always add an avo;<br />

whether on the side, on top or inside<br />

– green-skinned or dark-skinned – for<br />

double the deliciousness!<br />

Health facts<br />

The best thing about avos is that<br />

they are all:<br />

• High in energy<br />

• High in heart healthy fats<br />

• High in vitamin K<br />

• High in biotin<br />

• Cholesterol free<br />

• Sodium free<br />

• A source of fibre<br />

Avocados can form part of a<br />

successful energy-controlled diet for<br />

weight management. The healthy<br />

monounsaturated fats found in<br />

avocados give a feeling of fullness,<br />

which reduces the temptation to<br />

overeat or binge on less healthy foods.<br />

Sushi Bagels recipe that is load shedding friendly<br />

Serves 4, preparation time 25 minutes<br />

Ingredients: 120g packet smoked trout/salmon ribbons, 4 bagels, cut in half<br />

horizontally, 2 avocados, peeled, ½ cucumber, 12 slices pickled ginger, 5ml (1 tsp)<br />

wasabi (optional), Squeeze of lemon juice, to taste, Salt and pepper, 10ml (2 tsp)<br />

sesame seeds (black and/or white)<br />

Method: Trim and wrap 3 trout/salmon ribbons around one of the bagel tops.<br />

Use a vegetable peeler to shave 3 long avo strips and 3 cucumber strips and<br />

wrap around the bagel top. Add 3 slices of ginger. Repeat with the remaining<br />

bagel tops.<br />

Mash all the remaining avo with the wasabi, if using, and lemon juice. Season<br />

with salt and pepper. Use the smashed avo as a little ‘glue’ to stick the sesame<br />

seeds onto the bagel tops.<br />

Spread the mashed avo onto the bottom halves of the bagels and sandwich<br />

together with the tops.<br />

For further information and avo<br />

recipes, visit www.avocado.co.za, like<br />

@iloveavocadoSA on Facebook and<br />

follow @iloveavosSA on Instagram.


Compiled by: KyM Argo<br />

Avocado toast with microgreens,<br />

pistachios, and parmesan<br />

The true origins of avocado toast may<br />

never be ascertained, but the nowubiquitous<br />

breakfast favourite appears to<br />

have started in Australia in 1993 when a<br />

Sydney chef put it on his menu. However,<br />

Southern Californians who grew up in<br />

the 1950s can attest to it being a part of<br />

their food world long before its global<br />

popularity. Today, the toast has gone<br />

well beyond the basic crushed avocado,<br />

salt, and pepper to just about anything a<br />

cook fancies. Pistachios, for one, make an<br />

excellent topping: colourful, flavourful, and<br />

crunchy. Some salty cheese and a sprinkle<br />

of microgreens are added here, but the<br />

only real limit is the creator’s imagination.<br />

You’ll need: 2 slices whole-grain bread;<br />

1 avocado; 1/4 tsp fine sea salt; 1/4 tsp<br />

freshly ground black pepper; 1/2 cup<br />

(15 g) microgreens; 1/3 cup (45 g)<br />

pistachios, coarsely chopped; 1/2 cup<br />

(55 g) shaved Parmesan cheese<br />

To make: Toast the bread slices in a toaster<br />

or toaster oven, then place each slice<br />

on a plate.<br />

With a sharp knife, cut the avocado in<br />

half. Carefully remove the pit, prying<br />

it away with the tip of the knife. With<br />

each avocado half still in its skin, cut it<br />

lengthwise into slices 12mm thick, being<br />

careful not to pierce the skin. Slide the<br />

knife between the flesh and the skin of<br />

an avocado half to remove the slices and<br />

arrange slices on a piece of toast. Repeat<br />

with the remaining avocado half, topping<br />

the second piece of toast.<br />

Sprinkle the avocado with the salt and<br />

pepper, followed by the microgreens and<br />

pistachios. Top with the cheese and serve.<br />

Variations:<br />

• Mashed avocado, pomegranate<br />

arils (seeds), crumbled feta cheese,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

• Mashed avocado, smoked salmon slices,<br />

capers, goat cheese, fresh dill sprigs,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

• Cubed avocado, chopped hardcooked<br />

egg, bay shrimp, radish slices,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

• Cubed avocado, cherry tomato halves,<br />

crisp bacon crumbles or slices, fresh<br />

marjoram leaves, chopped pistachios<br />

• Sliced avocado, tomato slices,<br />

burrata cheese, fresh basil leaves,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

AVO<br />

&<br />

pistachio<br />

Pistachio - Savory and Sweet<br />

Recipes Inspired by World<br />

Cuisines by Barbara Bryant<br />

and Georgeanne Brennan is<br />

a celebration of the striking<br />

flavour of the this jewel of nuts<br />

- with inspiration from Turkey,<br />

Iran, Afghanistan and <strong>North</strong><br />

Africa to Italy, Greece, Spain<br />

and France. From simple grilled<br />

asparagus with sieved egg<br />

and pistachio oil vinaigrette, to<br />

lime cheesecake with pistachio<br />

crust, it’s dish after dish after<br />

dish with pistachios taking<br />

centre stage. Abrams, R755<br />

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ELEVATE<br />

YOUR FITNESS ... YOUR LIFESTYLE<br />

We’ve just heard about a new studio that’s<br />

worth checking out. Elevate Movement - which<br />

has popped up in Parkhurst - is a yoga, sculpt<br />

and dance cardio fitness studio. And owner<br />

Lia Mundell, who has a dozen or so years’<br />

experience in teaching yoga and a deep passion<br />

for holistic health, had one mission. Exercise less<br />

so you can show up more. Intrigued much?<br />

In a nutshell, she made wellness and<br />

exercise more accessible<br />

... offering<br />

short -<br />

we’re<br />

talking<br />

30 to<br />

45 minutes max - feel-good movement<br />

classes which you can easily slip into your day.<br />

Particularly since classes are at convenient times<br />

... 6am and 7am before the school run, just after<br />

8 for those who need to drop the children off<br />

first, 5.45pm for after work but before dinner<br />

prep. Clever!<br />

Lia says Elevate Movement isn’t just another<br />

fitness studio. “It’s a sanctuary for nurturing<br />

wellness and mental health. In our fast-paced<br />

world, where stress and anxiety often take<br />

centre stage, dedicating just 30 minutes daily<br />

to movement can significantly elevate mood,<br />

enhance inner well-being, and positively<br />

influence overall health.”<br />

There are classes to suit all, from the Slow and<br />

Steady option - a slower paced class specifically<br />

for those who want to elevate their current<br />

fitness routine, start a new one or simply<br />

rediscover movement, to the Elevate Sculpt<br />

movement class which combines yoga, sculpt<br />

and dance cardio, with the use of light weights,<br />

small balls and yoga blocks, is a fun, short and<br />

simple workout to great music that will leave<br />

you sweaty, happy and feeling good and is<br />

perfect for level of fitness, as well as pilates<br />

intense core and yoga flow session.<br />

Details: Rates are from R145 for a single half-hour<br />

class to R1800 for a month of unlimited classes, with<br />

plenty of package options in between. 70 12th Street,<br />

Parkhurst. www.elevatemovement.co.za<br />

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De-stress and revive while also hydrating your skin.<br />

This SOiL Relaxing Blended Oil - with lavender, ylangylang<br />

and geranium, can be used as a massage oil or<br />

a bath oil. R120 • Add a few drops of SOiL De-Stress<br />

Blend essential oil with grapefruit, clary sage, cypress<br />

and cedarwood to your ceramic aromoa burner to ease<br />

tension and calm both body and mind. Essential oil<br />

blend R125, burner R150 from soil.co.za<br />

MANAGING<br />

STRESS<br />

Stress, anxiety and depression have become a sign of our<br />

times. We have lived through a global pandemic with fears<br />

that more may follow. We continue to face global crises<br />

like climate change and war or threats of war in parts of<br />

the world that affect us all through our shared humanity<br />

and the global economy. Then there is the continuation<br />

of a modern, fast-paced, highly competitive lifestyle to<br />

contend with. How<br />

have your stress<br />

levels been lately?<br />

Maybe stress has left<br />

you feeling depleted<br />

and tired. Or maybe<br />

it has wired you up<br />

to feel moody and<br />

irritable. In Stress<br />

Less, Noa Belling<br />

shows how you can<br />

manage anxiety and<br />

stress, and access<br />

qualities like self<br />

worth, grounded<br />

confidence,<br />

inspiration and inner<br />

peace when faced<br />

with stress. Simon &<br />

Schuster, R470


Ouch!<br />

Finding relief for strains, sprains & stiffness<br />

We all know exercising is essential for<br />

our well-being. But those workouts or<br />

walks, runs or cycles sometimes bring<br />

on the aches and pains. Strains and<br />

sprains, stiffness and soreness ... which<br />

can range from being uncomfortable<br />

to being completely debilitating.<br />

Biokineticist Kevin Oliver says, “One of<br />

the main concerns that we see in our<br />

practice with people who are living<br />

active lifestyles is time constraints.<br />

They are under pressure to fit in their<br />

exercise or sports routine with busy<br />

work, family and social life. One of<br />

my top tips is for people to take<br />

10 minutes before they start their<br />

workout to do some preparation work<br />

that will involve some fascial release.<br />

Fascia tissue occurs throughout<br />

the body stabilising all muscles and<br />

tendons, ligaments and bones in<br />

the body. You can invest in fascial<br />

mobility tools such as a roller to<br />

warm up areas that you are going<br />

to use in your upcoming exercise<br />

routine. You can also include quick<br />

active mobility drills that prepare the<br />

neuro-muscular system for activity.<br />

So, this might include leg swings if<br />

you are going to be running or arm<br />

swings and rotations if you’re going<br />

to be playing golf. It helps to get<br />

professional advice to work out an<br />

efficient routine that is tailored to<br />

the exercise that is going to follow.<br />

A post-workout routine is also<br />

important. This would involve some<br />

passive stretches just to counteract<br />

any of the potential shortening of<br />

the muscle tissues which are linked<br />

to your joints. These simple, targeted<br />

routines will help to keep the body<br />

mobile and ready for action.”<br />

He goes on to help us understand<br />

inflammation in sports injuries.<br />

Inflammation is the body's natural<br />

response to injury or trauma, and<br />

many sports injuries - including<br />

sprains, strains, fractures, and<br />

tendonitis - involve inflammation,<br />

characterised by swelling, pain,<br />

heat, redness, and loss of function.<br />

Managing inflammation is essential<br />

to avoid a prolonged or chronic<br />

inflammatory state, to reduce<br />

pain and restore functionality.<br />

Conventional treatments may include<br />

non-steroidal anti-inflammatory<br />

drugs and corticosteroid<br />

medications. However, many people<br />

pursuing healthy lifestyles prefer<br />

natural and holistic solutions that are<br />

free from side-effects.<br />

Kevin says, “Inflammation is a natural<br />

response to the stresses that we<br />

put our bodies through. Preparation<br />

and strengthening routines can<br />

help to improve the resilience of<br />

the body and reduce incidents of<br />

inflammation. Ensuring that you<br />

have sufficient mobility and stability<br />

to undertake your chosen physical<br />

activities is crucial.<br />

“You also must consider whether<br />

inflammation is local or systemic.<br />

To mitigate against systemic<br />

inflammation, you have to take into<br />

account hydration and nutrition.<br />

Reducing and avoiding refined<br />

sugars and alcohol improves the<br />

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management of inflammation.<br />

To treat local inflammation<br />

after exercise, you want to look<br />

at solutions such as ice baths<br />

and topical remedies that can<br />

be applied to the specific area.<br />

The main reason to reduce<br />

inflammation is often to ensure you<br />

don’t miss out on your next workout<br />

but remember that inflammation is<br />

an immune response to promote<br />

healing and you don’t want to<br />

skip out on getting sufficient rest<br />

after workouts that have been<br />

stressful to the body. So, give<br />

your body time to do its healing<br />

work, especially if you want to<br />

avoid using anti-inflammatory<br />

medications. There needs to be<br />

some time-out from intensive<br />

exercise, and you can include active<br />

recovery such as a day when you do<br />

some gentle walking or swimming<br />

rather than a workout. This will<br />

ensure that you are adequately<br />

recovered and ready to take on your<br />

next exercise session.”<br />

Nature’s anti-inflammatories<br />

If you prefer to go the natural route, there<br />

are plenty of plants with anti-inflammatory<br />

properties - peppermint, rosemary, ginger<br />

and eucalyptus are a few. The Aromatic<br />

Apothecary Sport range includes roll-on,<br />

spray-on and rub-on products that can be<br />

frequently applied on-the-go and provide<br />

quick relief throughout the day. The<br />

Sport Roll-on Relief is gel-based, and the<br />

roll-on applicator not only delivers active<br />

ingredients that are quickly absorbed<br />

into the sore muscle or joint, but it’s also<br />

a mini-massage. The Spray-on Relief is<br />

a water-based solution, so perfect for<br />

larger, sore areas, such as an entire foot or<br />

shoulder, with no massage necessary so<br />

no sticky or oily hands. And the Rub-on<br />

Relief is an easily absorbed cream that<br />

needs just a brief rub into sore muscles<br />

and joints for targeted relief. There’s also<br />

a massage oil, and the magnificently<br />

effective Mustard Milk Soak Bath Crystals.<br />

Prices from R119 from aromatic.co.za


PLANT<br />

your stress away<br />

Reduce anxiety by filling your home with house plants that help you to relax and regroup.<br />

PEACEFUL SLEEP<br />

One of the by-products of stress is tossing and turning at night. For energy<br />

to face the day, your body needs a sound night’s sleep so that it can rest<br />

and rejuvenate.<br />

Peace Lily and Sansevieria are bedroom plants that will improve your sleep<br />

environment and help you sleep better.<br />

Areca bamboo palm is a graceful<br />

indoor plant that fills a space without<br />

dominating it. It is also a natural<br />

humidifier. It likes bright, indirect<br />

light. Allow the soil to almost dry<br />

out between watering. In spring and<br />

summer, feed once a month with<br />

a nitrogen-based liquid fertiliser to<br />

encourage new leaves. Mist spray<br />

the leaves during very hot and dry<br />

weather. If the leaves become dusty,<br />

wipe them with a damp cloth; this<br />

keeps the pores open and maintains<br />

healthy leaves.<br />

Text: ALICE COETZEE<br />

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) has<br />

luxurious foliage and a white flag<br />

flower that symbolises peace. It is<br />

prized for being an air purifying plant,<br />

able to filter unpleasant odours and<br />

produce oxygen. It can grow in low<br />

light but does better with medium<br />

light in a warm and humid room.<br />

Water once a week and supplement<br />

with a liquid fertiliser every now and<br />

then in summer.<br />

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Sansevieria releases oxygen at night<br />

when the temperature cools due to<br />

a unique photosynthesis action. This<br />

makes it one of the best air–cleaning<br />

plants and is especially suitable for<br />

the bedroom. It grows in low light<br />

as well as bright indirect light. Water<br />

sparingly, and only once the soil is dry<br />

as this plant doesn’t like to be over<br />

watered. It’s a very low maintenance<br />

plant that is ideal for beginners.


THE POWER OF GREEN<br />

It has now been established that a colour can<br />

influence human emotions and our feeling of wellbeing.<br />

What happens is that sustained observation<br />

of a colour can affect the chemistry of the human<br />

body, and especially blood pressure.<br />

Stress-reducing green results from a balanced<br />

mixture of yellow and blue. The colour green is the<br />

least tiring for eyes and indoor plants come in so<br />

many different textures and shades of green that<br />

the effect is far from monotonous.<br />

Monstera adansonii is a smaller, and slower<br />

growing version of Delicious Monster. Use it in a<br />

hanging basket, to trail up a staircase or just as a<br />

feature in a pot.<br />

Being a tropical plant, it needs a warm, humid room,<br />

and bright indirect light but not sun. Water once a<br />

week. Do not let the soil dry out but keep it slightly<br />

moist. Feed monthly with a liquid fertiliser at half<br />

strength in spring and summer.<br />

BLOOMING COLOUR<br />

Flowering plants are mood enhancers,<br />

and the brighter the flowers the better<br />

the mood.<br />

Zantedeschia, also known as Calla lilies,<br />

are guaranteed to cheer up the home<br />

with their vivid colours. Plants grown<br />

indoors can bloom for up to six weeks.<br />

Feed with a liquid fertiliser once a month<br />

and remove spent blooms to encourage<br />

new blooms. True to their tropical<br />

nature, these mini lilies flower best in a<br />

warm, bright room and can take some<br />

morning sun.<br />

Pot Begonias also provide long-lasting indoor flowers. The large blooms<br />

with their frilled petals come in such a huge range of colours that it is<br />

almost impossible not to find a colour that will either stand out or tone in<br />

with your home’s colour scheme. Make sure they receive good light in a<br />

bright room, but not direct sunlight. Water directly onto the soil, keeping<br />

the leaves dry. Keep the soil lightly moist, but not soggy otherwise the<br />

roots will rot. For more information visit www.lvgplant.co.za<br />

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Look after your mind, body and soul at<br />

one of the amazing exclusive retreats<br />

planned at Sala Beach House on the<br />

KZN <strong>North</strong> Coast.<br />

In response to the significance of<br />

mental well-being in today’s fastpaced<br />

world and the 20<strong>24</strong> travel trend<br />

of transformative travel, this luxury<br />

boutique hotel - renowned for its<br />

breath-taking coastal location - has<br />

planned a couple of wellness retreats,<br />

providing an opportunity for individuals<br />

to retreat, recharge and refuel<br />

throughout the busy year ahead.<br />

WELLNESS<br />

RETREATS<br />

Relax, recharge, reconnect!<br />

It’s all about unwinding and reconnecting<br />

with your inner selves, the serenity of the<br />

coastal environment with tailored wellness<br />

programmes, daily practices overlooking<br />

the ocean ... such bliss.<br />

First up is the Disconnect to Reconnect<br />

Couples Retreat, where you and your<br />

partner will engage in harmonious duo<br />

yoga sessions, share romantic sunrise<br />

beach walks and meditations, and explore<br />

the depths of intimacy with an in-depth<br />

guided tantric workshop. This retreat is<br />

designed to disconnect you from the<br />

distractions of daily life and deepen your<br />

connection with your partner. Friday May<br />

31 to Sunday June 2.<br />

The Sala Spring Cleansing Retreat<br />

will focus on cleansing - emotionally<br />

and nutritionally - the lymphatics<br />

and digestive system. You’ll enjoy<br />

nutrient-rich and cleansing cuisine,<br />

revitalising yoga sessions, and<br />

an empowering holistic detox<br />

workshop. The intention of this<br />

spring cleanse is to facilitate a gentle<br />

natural detox through whole foods,<br />

herbs, daily lymphatic drainage<br />

exercises, nervous system regulation<br />

tools, breath-work and movement,<br />

as well as emotional and energetic<br />

clearing practices. It offers a unique<br />

opportunity to cleanse not only your body<br />

but also your mind and spirit reconnecting<br />

with nature through walks on the beach<br />

and potent meditations. Friday to Sunday<br />

September 20 to 22.<br />

Rates range from R11250 (single) R18000<br />

(double) for early bookings, which<br />

includes retreat activities, two night’s<br />

accommodation, meals, soft drinks, tea<br />

and coffee. Bookings only directly through<br />

Thabile on email: stay@salabeach.co.za,<br />

rate code RETREAT. Details: salabeach.co.za<br />

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An indulgent weekend<br />

in the KZN Midlands<br />

Meals created by a celeb chef. Sunrise yoga. Glorious gardens and fine wines<br />

and spa treatments. This isn’t your everyday weekend escape.<br />

Dinners created by celeb<br />

chef Pete Goffe-Wood<br />

Imagine. Luxurious accommodation. Exceptional meals by a<br />

celeb chef. Fine, fine wine tastings. Throw in award winning,<br />

breathtakingly beautiful gardens. Spa treatments. A helicopter<br />

flip. This, obviously, is not your common-or-garden-variety<br />

weekend away.<br />

Brahman Hills in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, is always a treat.<br />

But this promises to be something completely OTT indulgent.<br />

The Brahman Hills Experience is an exclusive weekend boasting<br />

an enchanting blend of experiences for guests seeking an<br />

extraordinary fusion of comfort, culinary excellence, artistic<br />

beauty, and thrilling adventures.<br />

Guests will indulge in exceptional dinners prepared by<br />

celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood, who says “This is going to be<br />

a magnificent culinary weekend! I’ll be putting together two<br />

fabulous dinners using the incredible produce straight from<br />

the property – all organic and sustainable, of course. I’m really<br />

passionate about celebrating ingredients, and I can’t wait to<br />

share that passion with Brahman Hills guests.”<br />

Along with dinners, there’ll be wine tastings from some of South<br />

Africa’s finest wine estates ... think Mullineux, L’Ormarins, Haute<br />

Cabriere and Bruce Jack Wines.<br />

You’ll also have the chance to explore the 26 distinct garden<br />

rooms on the property, as well as the unique art and sculptures<br />

in the guided garden and art walks by designer landscaper, Tim<br />

Steyn and art curator Tyron Selmon-Butler.<br />

For relaxation, there will be a Saturday sunrise yoga session, and<br />

an indulgent 90-minute spa treatment at the Healing Earth Spa.<br />

And for thrills ... a 15-minute heli ride over the five-and-a-half<br />

hectare, award-winning gardens.<br />

Rumour has it there’ll be a few national rugby icons on the<br />

weekend escape, so you’ll get to rub (very broad) shoulders with<br />

the sports stars.<br />

The Brahman Hills Experience has three packages – Platinum,<br />

Gold, and Silver – each tailored to cater to different preferences<br />

and budgets, all of which will include the accommodation,<br />

meals, non-alcoholic drinks, guided walks and yoga. Add ons<br />

(the heli flip and spa treatments) are available for the less<br />

expensive packages.<br />

The experience is from Friday to Sunday May 10 to 12, rates are<br />

from R8400 to R11500 a person, sharing, and bookings can be<br />

made on brahmanhills.co.za/events/the-brahman-hills-experience<br />

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Explore the gardens ... Brahman’s<br />

breathtakingly beautiful gardens have just<br />

scooped the esteemed Overseas Region Winner<br />

title in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)<br />

Partner Garden of the Year Competition!<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

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Spoil<br />

<strong>April</strong><br />

A bottle of<br />

Oscar de la Renta<br />

Bella Tropicale<br />

For a chance to win<br />

our Spoil, pop over to<br />

our Facebook or<br />

Instagram page and<br />

follow the prompts.<br />

Entries close <strong>April</strong> 25.<br />

We’d buy this just to have the bottle front and centre on our dressing table.<br />

Too gorgeous for words. Luckily Bella Tropicale by Oscar de la Renta lives up to its<br />

looks ... a glorious floral fruity fragrance with notes of pineapple and coral reef, followed<br />

by ylang-ylang, orange blossom and coconut water, finishing with sea notes, musk,<br />

sandal and tonka bean. R1425 from DisChem.<br />

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